Of course you work on a wide range of subjects. I could cut you some slack since everyone is surprised by the vulnerability of our regional media and local production. Organizations that provide over-the-top services have set up shop here and now it is the law of the jungle. Everyone has been caught off guard. Let me say, however, that the Competition Bureau should be on high alert.
Perhaps you need to develop new areas of expertise. What you are looking at is a far cry from the stamping of steel girders by Dominion Steel and U.S. Steel. This is quite different. Metal is very important, but the democratic voices that are expressed through the news media are crucial.
Not to be disagreeable, but you just have to look at the front page of the Ottawa Sun, with the headline “Fatal distraction”. The front page of the Ottawa Citizen has the exact same headline, in the same type, as does the front page of the National Post. If you go into a smoke shop in Ottawa, you see three different newspapers with the same front page. How can someone say then that they prefer the National Post? It is not possible.
We heard Mr. Godfrey say that the print media are in danger. It is true, but then he received a $2.3 million bonus. I think that would be enough to keep a newsroom going for a long time, and employ a lot of people. It is hard to figure out.
What would you like to have? What could we do? For our part, we have to find solutions.
You maintain that Google and Facebook have monopolies right now. Do you know if anyone at all has raised that issue as regards Google and Facebook? They can lead people as they wish, since they are alone in their respective niches.
Moreover, what could we do to revitalize you or, alternately, to create a separate entity?